Biblical inerrancy and the Alabama race for governor

Thanks to Dave Black for this:

This from the Huntsville, Ala., Times:

HUNTSVILLE, AL – “I believe the Bible is true,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne said here Wednesday. “Every word of it.”

Byrne’s testimony came as he tried to clarify an earlier statement seized on by his opponents for the GOP nomination.

Byrne had been quoted in the Mobile Press-Register in November as saying, “I believe there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not.”

That quote has followed him, including to his appearance at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store in New Hope, where Byrne came to announce his first big endorsement this year, from the Alabama Retail Association.

When notice of the press conference was posted on Wednesday morning, several posters said things similar to this:

“Just got a call from a person at my Church letting me know about this,” said uafan1198. “My family will not be shopping at Ragland Piggly Wiggly stores anymore or anything else they own…. I don’t shop at places that think it is OK to stand next to people who don’t believe the Bible is all true.”

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

9 thoughts on “Biblical inerrancy and the Alabama race for governor

  1. I am continually amazed at all the people who take a beating when they point out that some parts of the Bible are not true in a strict literal sense. Incredible! There is, however, a part of me that wants to think that this uafan1198 is really an evil anti-Christian conspirator trying to make it look like Christianity is full of ignorant fundamentalists. After all, if I had no moral reason not to, I would do my best to spread Christianity by anonymously saying ignorant and hateful pro-atheist things. There’s a story about a Republican and Democrat talking about how they get votes. The one said, “When I take a taxi, I tip the driver well and tell him to vote for me.” The other said, “When I take a taxi, I complain a lot, don’t tip, and tell him to vote for you too.”

    1. hahahahhaahah! That’s funny.

      But you are correct. Literalism doesn’t equal true, and indeed, could be rather false. I hope that someone would not be so confounded as to believe like uafan, but I have met a few who do.

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